Oversight Committee President Defends FBI’s Actions

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, Republican Trey Gowdy, said Tuesday he was sure the FBI’s decision to use an informant to speak with members of the President’s election campaign in 2016 was exactly what his “fellow citizens would want.”

He added that the bureau’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election “has nothing to do with” President Donald Trump.

For the past few weeks, Trump has repeatedly accused the agency of putting an informant in his campaign for political reasons, but Gowdy, who spoke on Fox News’ “The Story” said after last week’s meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein he was “even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.”

The three met to discuss the FBI’s investigation into Russian election interference and its use of a secret informant. Gowdy pointed out that both Wray and Rosenstein “have at least made it clear to us Donald Trump was never the target of the investigation, he’s not the current target of the investigation.”

The oversight committee chairman further noted that the bureau was only doing what it had been instructed by Trump to do, that is, find out if anyone colluded with Russia.

When asked about his opinion on the President’s constant attacks on the probe, Gowdy said “the President should have access to the best legal minds in the country and I think he should take advantage of those. And he’s got some really good communicators that are on his staff and are at his call.”

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